NEET Applicant Granted Sanitary Pad Use in Exam by Madras High Court

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A girl, a NEET applicant with special needs, has been permitted by the Madras High Court to wear a diaper and change it when required during the NEET UG examination, which is going to happen on the 5th of May. The Madras High Court has said every Exam Center must have suitable toilet facilities with water amenities. They must also keep a minimum number of sanitary products, and female candidates must be allowed to use the restrooms whenever required. Three important things: one, the NEET centers should provide sanitary pants near toilets. Across India, these exams are scheduled for Sunday. Authorities must ensure that these toilets are inspected in advance so that these girls, if required, can just go use and then get back to write the exams without having to get frisked and needless stress can be avoided this way. Thirdly, the court has also instructed authorities to publicize this in advance so that women candidates, in particular, would not be under any stress. The petitioner in this case is a 19-year-old aspirant who suffers from lack of control over the urge to urinate; she requires the use of adult diapers. She also needs bio breaks before, in between, as she takes the NEET entrance exam.

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When she wrote about it to the National Testing Agency, she didn’t hear any response, and that’s why she moved the court. In court, the NTA has also conceded this particular candidate’s request in terms of using diapers and taking bio breaks. Students, besides wasting crucial time, the court has also ordered that authorities ought to be sensitive to this particular challenge and put in place a system. At the moment, there is no specific mention of the use of menstrual products or permission to carry men products, but now the court has given a good order in that direction. The court, in its judgment, has also documented several such incidents both in India and around the world in terms of similar challenges faced by candidates as they wrote exams.